The day of free admission to permanent exhibitions at the NMK is Tuesday.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
Rationed Modernity. Modernism in the Polish People’s Republic (Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa, PRL) exhibition focuses on the determinants and limitations of modernisation processes in Poland after World War II. They were both economic and organisational in nature, as well as politically related to the functioning of undemocratic authorities that imposed ideological restrictions on culture.
Among Polish painters, there is perhaps none more universally known than Jan Matejko. His works have accompanied generation after generation of Poles, at the very least from the beginnings of their education in the field of history, though mainly through reproductions in history books at that time. It is no exaggeration to say that the paintings of Matejko have shaped the imagination of the Polish nation on the greatest events of its own history. The painting “The Battle of Grunwald” (The painting is located in the National Museum in Warsaw)by this artist is the Polish painting most forcefully etched into the shared consciousness.
The XX + XXI. Polish Art Gallery will be expanding in June with a new space dedicated to sculpture of the mid-20th century onwards. This space will be the last on the visitors’ route through the gallery, and will be a complement to the 20th century sculpture gallery located in in the hall on the second floor, and thus will blend the multifaceted history of modern Polish sculpture into a single whole.
XX + XXI. Polish Art Gallery in the Main Building of the National Museum in Kraków gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the panorama of the history of Polish art of this period. The exhibition presents a cross-section of selected phenomena, trends and art movements through outstanding works from the Museum’s collection of contemporary art.
The Gallery of Decorative Art at the National Museum in Krakow is the largest permanent exhibition of this type in Poland. The displayed objects are arranged in a chronological order from the Early Middle Ages to the Art Nouveau period. The exhibition, with its stylishly arranged interiors and its collection of gold, fabrics, clothing, furniture, ceramics and glassware, complete with a unique collection of musical instruments and judaica, features nearly 4,000 exhibits presented in nine exhibition rooms and two annexes.